Miami football all-time defense from Superbowl performances

Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Miami football defensive line alums in Superbowl

Jimmy Johnson built the foundation of his great Miami teams on the defensive line. Several of those Hurricanes alums would go on to success in the Superbowl. Configuring a Miami DL of alums who excelled in the Superbowl would be a list full of former NFL Pro Bowl players.

Ted Hendricks was a versatile player who is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Hendricks played defensive end and LB during his NFL career. The player known as the Mad Stork won one Superbowl with the Baltimore Colts and three with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders.

For the purposes of this team with exceptional depth at LB, Hendricks will be a DE. Daniel Stubbs won Superbowls with the San Francisco 49ers his first two years in the NFL. In victories over the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos, Stubbs combined for three sacks. Stubbs holds Miami career and single-season sack records.

Russell Maryland had five tackles in three Superbowls anchoring the defensive line for the Johnson-led Dallas Cowboys. Maryland was a key player in the middle of the Cowboys’ defense that meant more than the stats he produced. In their three 1990s Superbowl appearances, Dallas allowed 47 points total.

Vince Wilfork played in four Superbowls with the New England Patriots after winning a National Championship with Miami. Wilfork recorded 11 tackles and one tackle for loss as New England went 2-2 in Superbowls with Wilfork clogging the middle of the Patriots 3-4 defense during its dynasty.

Warren Sapp is in the conversation and had a better career than Maryland and Wilfork, but only played in one Superbowl with two tackles in the Buccaneers 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Tampa was led by their secondary with three interception returns for TDs.